Stevie Hicks and quarterback Bret Meyer each had more than 100 yards in a revived running game that carried the Iowa State Cyclones to a 17-13 victory over the Miami of Ohio RedHawks in the Independence Bowl on Tuesday.
Meyer's weaving 23-yard run set up the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and Iowa State (7-5) held on to win a bowl game for just the second time and spoil Terry Hoeppner's final game as Miami's coach. Hoeppner was named Indiana's coach earlier this month. Miami athletic director Brad Bates told the team just before the game that offensive coordinator Shane Montgomery would succeed Hoeppner.
If the timing of that announcement was meant to inspire the RedHawks (8-5), it didn't do so right away. Miami fell behind 10-0 before rallying to a 13-10 lead in the third quarter. But the Cyclones, who were averaging just 128 yards a game rushing, kept pounding away at the Miami defensive front and finally regained the lead on Ryan Kock's 1-yard plunge with 13:02 left. Ellis Hobbs sealed the victory by intercepting Josh Betts in the final minute.
Hicks carried 27 times for 159 yards and scored on a 4-yard option pitch from Meyer, who had 122 yards on 23 carries. Meyer also was 10-of-28 for 114 yards passing.
It was the first time in the 29-year history of the Independence Bowl that two players on the same team rushed for more than 100 yards. The Cyclones finished with 295 yards on the ground, a school record for a bowl game.
Betts kept Miami moving at times, but once Iowa State got its running game revved up, the RedHawks couldn't keep the Cyclones off the field.
Betts' 28-yard touchdown pass to Luke Clemens with 25 seconds left in the first half cut the lead to 10-7 and the RedHawks carried that momentum into the first possession of the second half, driving 80 yards in 11 plays to take the lead on Mike Smith's 2-yard run.
Betts finished 20-of-44 for 240 yards and the one interception.
Miami's Michael Larkin caught two passes to extend his NCAA record to 50 straight games with a reception.
Fresno St. 37, No. 18 Virginia 34
Paul Pinegar threw five touchdown passes, including the game-winning 25-yard strike to Stephen Spach in overtime, as Fresno State University rallied to beat No. 18 Virginia 37-34 in the MPC Computers Bowl on Monday.
Pinegar completed 23 of 36 passes for 235 yards without an interception. He helped the Bulldogs (9-3) erase a 21-7 second-quarter deficit and notch another win against a big-name team. His five touchdown passes were a record for the American college football game, formerly known as the Humanitarian Bowl.
Virginia got the first possession of overtime, taking a 34-31 lead on a 26-yard field goal by Connor Hughes.
Pinegar replied by completing a pass inside the 5 to Spach, who fought off a pair of would-be tacklers and dropped into the end zone. The Bulldogs stormed off the sideline in celebration while the Cavaliers were left dazed.
Virginia (8-4) took the lead when Wali Lundy followed his blockers on a 20-yard TD run that put the Cavaliers ahead 31-24 with 6:20 remaining.
But Pinegar led Fresno State on an 83-yard scoring drive, turning to the ground game to move Fresno State into position to tie it.
The Bulldogs worked the ball across midfield, then Wendell Mathis ran 22 yards to Virginia's 25 and Bryson Sumlin reached the 15 on a 6-yard burst for a first down that briefly stopped the clock with 1:26 to go.